At some point we all feel as though we are just going through the motions. We're multitasking like never before and we are just getting by with all we have to do. When it comes to meaningful connections with our kids we may sometimes feel we are skating by with the bare minimum. How can we be more present and enjoy simple parenting moments more often? By making a few small changes to our routine and being more mindful of all the ordinary moments that present the opportunity to connect more … [Read more...]
Are You ‘Greener Than Thou’?
A new ad video from Clorox Green Works (see it below) sparked some great conversations on Facebook recently. Some green moms are feeling attacked by the video because they feel it makes our concern for environmental issues seem more than a little nutty. Others commented that it simply highlights yet another high standard that moms must live up to or they will be made to feel that they are not good enough. I think all points were valid and there is no denying that the video is a bit condescending … [Read more...]
The 15 Minute Miracle
Something miraculous has happened in our home. Every morning I get to wake up to a clean house and the feeling is sooooo nice!! A couple weeks ago I bartered for house cleaning services and my house was whipped into shape. I absolutely LOVE getting up to sparkly floors and NO toys on the floor. Gone were the days of pretending that the kids toys, books, and clothing all over the floor was actually a burglary early warning system. BUT after everything was super clean I started to notice every … [Read more...]
The Total Transformation Program
I really like to read parenting books. Being a good mom is incredibly important to me and I like to read thoughts and advice from lots of different sources on how to get past the hurdles. I AM very picky though. I don't like tough love, authoritarian, or most faith based parenting books and programs. Something like the Ezzo's Babywise or Growing Kids God's Way, where the author's instruct you to hit your kids with plumbing pipe...no those are not going to go over well with me. I like to keep it … [Read more...]
Do You Teach Your Kids to Share?
Okay...time for a little admission here. I do not really teach my kids to share...there I said it. Most of you already know I am not a very conventional parent and one of the things that has always bothered me about conventional parenting wisdom is the whole sharing mandate. Kids have to share we are told. But I never really got this because I do not believe in having double standards where kids are concerned...aka mommy can hit you but you can't hit me...or your sister, or you can't throw a … [Read more...]